HANOI (11 April 2012) – After eight straight years of organising the tournament, the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) have decided to remove the annual VFF Cup from their calendar.

The VFF stated that the reason why they have decided to do away with the annual VFF Cup was because the tournament lacked influence on the national and the Under-23 teams.

“The cancellation was also intended to help guard team tactics for the larger tournaments,” Nguyen Trong Hy, the chairman of the VFF. “In place of the VFF Cup the VFF will invite Thailand or Hong Kong to play friendly matches in Viet Nam.”

Initially, the VFF Cup was planned as a pre-event for Vietnam’s preparation for the highly popular AFF Suzuki Cup which is held biennially and also for the SEA Games which is held in the in between years.

The first VFF Cup was organised in 2004 with Vietnam emerging winners in 2005 and 2009.